The words above, and especially those in Matthew 9:36, which say, “Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd,” can give pointed direction for each of us in what we are called to do and as we minister to our sisters in Christ. At any given time, any one of us can be “distressed and dispirited” too. We can begin to respond to the events of our lives as if we do not have a Shepherd. Yet, we DO have a wonderful, great Shepherd who cares for us and all of our needs. We need to consider the amazing benefit we enjoy belonging to such a loving, caring Savior. There is no reason we should ever live as if we are paupers when we have such a bounty of grace, strength, and wisdom available to us. How we need Him and how we need each other!
“For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine” (Rom.1:11-12).